India might have come out cloudy about its stance towards cryptocurrencies with all the rumors of another ban on digital assets, but the nation has been putting serious efforts to boost blockchain development and implementation across both the public and private sector.
The latest report comes from the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, which has now announced its plans to launch new technology projects, including a blockchain infrastructure, to create easier government processes.
According to a report from local media outlet The New Indian Express, the chief minister of the state Edapaddi K. Palaniswami, announced Tamil Nadu’s adoption of an ethical blockchain policy as the state is a “Destination of Choice” for the IT and IT-enabled services sector in India.
The state has plans to deploy a Knowledge Proof Identity-based services delivery, which according to Palaniswami will enhance the way the government provides various services for its citizens.
The project will be developed upon the State Family Database (SFDB) and Blockchain Backbone infrastructure. The minister said:
“This pioneering initiative will take the Government to the Citizens, thus eliminating the need for the citizens to request G2C (government to citizen) services.”
By deploying the Blockchain Backbone infrastructure, the state also addresses the need to build a forum to boost collaboration among industry, start-ups, and academia to build an ecosystem.
Santosh Mishra, Chief Executive Officer of the Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (TNeGA), explained:
“This policy recommends the Six-Dimensional TAM-DEF Framework for evaluation of AI-based systems. The framework’s factors like transparency & audit, accountability & legal issues, misuse protection, digital divide and data deficit, ethics and, fairness and equity, ensure that the evaluation is aligned to democratic values.”
With this development, Tamil Nadu also becomes the first state to come out with policies that leverage a Safe and Ethical Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, and Cybersecurity in the nation.
India & Blockchain
The southern states of India have been quite active in regards to blockchain development. Kerala, another south Indian state, has been exploring blockchain technology in several pilot programs, such as for land records, workforce management, organic food traceability, and immunization.
Uttar Pradesh (UP), the most populated state of India, is testing a blockchain-powered solar energy trading platform with tech assistance from Australian blockchain startup Power Ledger and India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF).